Take a good look at the lineup of cars at Infiniti. Notice anything interesting? We see sedans of multiple shapes and sizes, wagon-like crossovers, a hybrid and even a massive SUV, which is the most expensive machine the company has on offer. What we don't see, though, is a clear range-topper.

According to Car and Driver, that fact doesn't sit very well with Andreas Sigl, the man at the head of Infiniti's Formula 1 relationship with Red Bull. "A halo car would help us ... It could bridge the gap between Infiniti and F1."

With an Infiniti version of the Nissan GT-R apparently off the table, we're not really expecting any kind of halo car that will bring to mind the raw performance of an F1 racer. Still, the options available to Infiniti are intriguing: the Emerg-E and Essence concepts are reportedly being considered for production.

The Essence Concept was powered by a twin-turbo, direct-injection 3.7-liter V6 and electric motor hybrid combination that was good for 592 brake horsepower. That sounds perfectly halo-esque to us, but a V8 may have potential, too. Meanwhile, the Emerg-E concept was co-developed with Lotus with componentry borrowed from the Evora. The range-extended electric vehicle could reportedly run from 0-60 in four seconds flat while offering a 300-mile range.

So, which direction might Infiniti go? Beats us, but C&D poses a nice solution: How about both?


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      libertedelacroix
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is hands down Infiniti's most beautiful design. Less bloated, and way more aggressive and sporty.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      That Essence concept is one of the prettiest designs I've seen in a long time, it would give Infiniti a much needed image boost as all their current designs look a bit VW Beetle-bulbous instead of slick. It would definitely attract more showroom attention, though hopefully it won't be overpriced like the LF-A was for Lexus.
      Ask
      • 2 Years Ago
      Brake Horsepower? What da hell is that ???? Serisouly... Autoblog.... It's BREAK horsepower.. now go fix it....
      DMS502
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like an R8. Am I the only one?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DMS502
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      Storm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mid engine and rwd please
      Tina Dang
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always confuse the Essence, Emerge-E and the Urethra
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tina Dang
        I hope that helps. Really, I don't want you to get embarrassed going to your Infiniti dealer begging for a bedroom poster of the urethra.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      _M7_
      • 2 Years Ago
      DEAM !!!! this its what I call a Super car looks...I hope it be Nissan so they but all the GTR engineering in it
      • 2 Years Ago
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      devgchr
      • 2 Years Ago
      VQ70VHR V12
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @devgchr
        Seven liters sounds awfully big. I bet they could get away with 4 or 5 and still have a great engine.
      john m
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still think Infiniti still should have went with a 4 door version of the GTR. It would have competed nicely with the 4 door Porsche, Aston, etc.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the mid-engine halo car would be a much better choice for this brand. Also, I would LOVE to know if one single person, just one!- went and bought an Infiniti just because they put the logo on the F1 engine cover. No one is fooled.
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